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Palestinian history fabricated
Rewriting history
Rewriting the history of the Land of Israel in order to deny Israel's right to exist is central to Palestinian Authority (PA) policy. Long before it started the PA terror campaign (the "Intifada," 2000-2005), the PA was fighting a history war – erasing Jewish history and replacing it with a fabricated Palestinian history. This rewriting has two central goals:
1- Erase the Jewish nation's 3,000 year history in the Land of Israel;
2- Invent ancient Palestinian, Muslim and Arab histories in the land.

The goal of this historical revision as a political strategy was first expressed publicly at a conference of Palestinian historians in 1998, when rewriting history was linked to the political goal of denying Israel's right to exist:
"Dr. Yussuf Alzamili [Chairman History Department, Khan Yunis Educational College] called on all universities and colleges to write the history of Palestine and to guard it, and not to enable the [foreign] implants and enemies to distort it or to legitimize the existence of Jews on this land... [History lecturer Abu Amar] clarified that there is no connection between the ancient generation of Jews and the new generation." [Al-Ayyam, Dec. 4, 1998].
 
Erasing Jewish history in the land of Israel is followed by the PA’s invention of ancient and modern histories that support its political ideology and claim to the land of Israel. The Holocaust and other aspects of Jewish history are alternately denied, downplayed or distorted. Another distortion is to hide from Palestinians that Jesus was a Jew who lived in the Land of Judea/Israel. PA leaders repeatedly define Jesus as a Palestinian who preached Islam, thus denying not only Jewish history, but also the history and legitimacy of Christianity.

Citing numerous examples, this section will document that these and other historical revisions are an integral part of Palestinian policy and are used to create political ideology.
Palestinian history fabricated
Having erased Jewish history, the PA fills the historical void by fabricating the ancient histories of Palestinians, Arabs and Muslims. PA academics claim that Palestinians, Arabs and Muslims all populated the Land of Israel in Biblical times and even earlier. These fictions are all historically impossible, as the name “Palestine" as a replacement for the Land of Judea/Israel was coined by Rome only in 136 C.E., Islam was established only in 610 C.E., and Arabs first arrived in Israel with the Muslim invasion in 637 C.E.

Inventing thousands of years of history when none existed is accomplished through numerous distortions and lies, including changing the Biblical Canaanites into Arabs, changing Biblical Israelis, Judeans and Hebrews into Arabs and Muslims, changing the religion preached by Moses from Judaism into Islam, and changing Jesus into a Palestinian who preached Islam and not Christianity.

This so-called documentary depicting Biblical Canaanites as Arabs, broadcast many times on PA TV, is one example of this PA historical revision.
"The Arab Canaanites established ports on the coast of Canaan, known today as Palestine. Palestine was attacked by invaders, but its Arab Canaanite features withstood attempts to change them. Jaffa was one of the cities whose Canaanite origins the invaders failed to erase." [PA TV, repeatedly, 2005-2007.]
 
The documentary further invents history by indicating visually that the victims of the Roman invasion were Arabs, not the Jewish kingdom of Judea.
President of Palestinian college: “Palestinian church was active before any other church in the world” 
Source: Al-Ayyam, Mar. 13, 2014
     “On the third day of the Christ at the Checkpoint Conference organized by the Bethlehem Bible College with the participation of an elect group of theologians and Evangelical Christian leaders from around the world, the lecturers demonstrated the reality of life in the Palestinian territories…
Dr. Mitri Raheb, President of the Diyar Consortium and President of the Dar Al-Kalima College, gave a lecture on the Palestinian Church, which was active before any other church in the world…
Raheb added that although Palestine had experienced and been subjected to several occupations between the present occupation and the ancient one, the original Palestinians, Christians and Muslims, had lived side by side…
In addition, he noted that the racist Zionist aspirations began in 1831, with a racist initiative of the Zionist Christians, who wrote lies and racist speeches in which they claimed that Palestine was unpopulated – [claims] which later served as a basis for the Zionist lie, which planned to dominate not just Palestine, but several [other] countries as well, such as Syria, Iraq, Jordan and Egypt.”
PA daily op-ed: "We were born here thousands of years before them [Jews]” 
Source: Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 26, 2014
Op-ed by Baha Rahal:
     “My uncle Salah spoke to me this morning, and said, ‘recognizing the Jewishness of the state is not all I fear; what I fear even more is what will [come] after this declaration, if it ever happens – because they won’t be satisfied with this, and will demand more of us; for example, that we testify in their favor that they are the sons of Sarah and that we are the sons of Hagar, and that our mother was her mistress’ maid, and that we agree to their narrative and recognize it for them.
But then, they will say to us, ‘you are the maid’s sons, and the maid cannot bequeath [property] nor can [her property] be inherited…’ And the truth is clear and there is no need for too much analysis. Deep down, they understand that we are the true owners of the land, and that we were born here thousands of years before them; that they have no right to be here and that, in the eyes of the world and history, they are nothing but an ephemeral occupying force – no more, no less. Therefore, they want to extract a legitimization of their presence from us, which will protect them and grant them a right they don’t have, from those with the original right.”
PA TV portrays Israel as foreign colonial occupier, claims ancient Jewish history is Palestinian 
Source: Official PA TV Live, Feb. 21, 2014
The PA TV video shows a woman who apparently represents "ancient Palestinians" (or possibly Muslims) going through the history of the land - replacing the Jewish people's actual history. The woman is introduced in a peaceful scene feeding birds in a period predating the Roman conquest of Judea and destruction of the Temple in 70 CE. Suddenly the scene is disturbed, the birds scatter and the woman runs away from various foreign invaders: first an ancient Roman soldier, then a Crusader, then a British soldier, and finally a Jew (wearing a skullcap), who throws a lit cigarette at her.
In the final scene, the woman stops fleeing when a man on a horse - the "new" Muslim conqueror Saladin who defeated the Crusaders - extends his hand and helps her up the mountain. He represents the coming savior who will "liberate Palestine" from Jewish-Israeli rule. In the end, the woman stands on the top of the mountain, fleeing no one anymore, symbolizing that Israel is gone like the other foreign rulers.
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Note: The video originally aired March 2, 2012. It was rebroadcast on both PA TV and PA TV Live at least 18 times in 2012, 54 times in 2013 and 4 times in 2014, most recently on Feb. 21, 2014.
Official PA Daily claims Palestinians lived on the land 2,300 years ago 
Source: Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 20, 2014
Headline: “2,300-year-old Palestinian village discovered”
     “The Israel Antiquities Authority has announced the discovery of a 2,300-year- old Palestinian village. The village was discovered during salvage excavations carried out by the Israeli authority in preparation for the laying of a natural gas pipeline from the coastal plain to Jerusalem.
It is not known why the site was abandoned, but the reasons might have been financial. As archeologist Yuval Baruch explains: ‘It is possible that the abandonment of villages and farms at the end of the Hasmonean [period] or the beginning of the reign of Herod is related to Herod’s gigantic building projects, especially in Jerusalem. We believe that a large, collective migration took place from the villages to the capital [of people who went] to work in these projects.’”
PA chief negotiator: Palestinians lived in Jericho 3,000 years before Jews arrived 
Source: Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 2, 2014
     “Palestinian [chief negotiator] Dr. Saeb Erekat told Israeli [MP and negotiator] Tzipi Livni: ‘My Canaanite family lived in Jericho 3,000 years before the people of Israel came to the city, led by Joshua Bin Nun.’…
[PA] chief negotiator and Palestinian fighter Erekat, a member of the Fatah Central Committee, said this to Livni at the Security Conference in Munich, Germany.
At the same time, Mahmoud Al-Aloul, a member of the Central Committee of that same liberation movement conducting the peaceful popular resistance in Palestine (i.e., Fatah), explained what Jesus, the messenger of love and peace, meant when he said ‘salt of the earth’: [standing] beside the holy stones of the homes in the village of Ein Hijleh in the Jordan Valley, [Al-Aloul] said: ‘The Jordan Valley is Palestinian and the village of Ein Hijleh is [on] the land of the Deir Hijleh church, and was originally a Palestinian Canaanite village on the route connecting the Dead Sea to Beit Shean.”
Abbas rep claims Palestinians descended from Canaanites who lived 10,000 years ago 
Source: Official PA TV Live, Jan. 20, 2014
Official PA TV Live broadcast the first convention of the Palestinian Bar Association Union that discussed “Palestine and International Law.” Fatah Central Committee Member and PA chief negotiator Saeb Erekat represented PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas. The symbol of the European Union appeared on the banner behind the stage, and an EU representative addressed the gathering.
Fatah Central Committee member Erekat: “Concerning the Israeli side repeatedly saying that Israel is a ‘Jewish state’ – some say they [the Israelis] intend to sabotage the refugees’ right to return, by [using] this term. Some say they want to harm the status of Palestinian residents in the ’48 territories (i.e. Israel). You are in the city of Jericho. Our story began in this city 10,000 years ago when the Natufians founded it. The Canaanites were [here] 5,500 years before Joshua burned it down. Whoever asks me to accept Israel as a Jewish state, is asking me to alter my history, to change my religion, to revise my culture. That is not going to happen. He wants us to say it is a Jewish state, meaning that the land belonged to the Jews and that we are strangers to it.”

Note: The Natufian culture was a sedentary, hunter-gatherer, Mesolithic culture that lived in the Levant region of the Near East between about 13,000-9,800 BCE.
PLO official states that the ancient Canaanites were Palestinians 
Source: Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 27, 2013
     “During the reopening ceremony of the Jericho Culture and Art Center… [PLO Executive Committee member and PA chief negotiator] Dr. Saeb Erekat said: ‘I will demand of Dr. Rami Hamdallah, as Prime Minister, that he issue a decision to name Jericho ‘Mother of Cities,’ because it is the cradle of civilizations and its roots go back ten thousand years, and Jesus lived there, the first Palestinian after the Canaanite Palestinians.’ […]
Regarding the negotiation process, Erekat said: ‘There have been no direct negotiations with the Israeli side since the fifth of last month [November 2013]; rather there are American-Palestinian and American-Israeli talks.’
Erekat added: ‘In order to narrow the gaps, President Mahmoud Abbas sent a letter to American President Barack Obama, which contained all that is in our power and not in our power. We will not accept the Jewishness of Israel, which will harm the refugee cause and harm the Palestinians of the Interior (i.e., Israel), and most dangerously – will alter history and religion as though we were never on this land.’ […]
According to Erekat, the letter included ‘non-acceptance of any interim agreement or extension of the negotiation period.’”
PA official claims Palestinians descended from Canaanites who lived on land 10,000 years ago 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Dec. 26, 2013
PA TV program Speak Up hosted Fatah Central Committee member and PA chief negotiator Saeb Erekat.
Fatah Central Committee member Saeb Erekat: “We are members of this land and members of this people. The Natufians were in Jericho 10,000 years ago. And so were the Canaanites, thousands of years. When Israel says to us: You must recognize us as a Jewish state; they are asking us to erase my history. Erase my culture. Erase my narrative. That will never happen.”

Note: The Natufian culture was a sedentary, hunter-gatherer, Mesolithic culture that lived in the Levant region of the Near East between about 13,000-9,800 BC.
Jesus was a Palestinian and Canaanites were the root of "Palestinian identity" 
Source: Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 24, 2013
Regular columnist Adel Abd Al-Rahman for the official PA daily:
     “Today humanity is celebrating the birth of Jesus by conducting mass in churches all over the world in honor of the birth of the messenger of love and peace who was persecuted by the Jews from the first day he raised the banner of the New Testament. When it seemed to them (i.e., the Jews) that they had caught him, they crucified him (see explanation below), and to this very day they persecute him through incessant attacks against the Arab Palestinian people…
Jesus, son of the Palestinian people…
Jesus belongs to all human beings, and he will continue to belong to all Christians from all nations and peoples no matter what community or school of thought they are from. This [is true even though] his Palestinian national identity is undeniable, for he was a son of this land and he laid the foundation for the Canaanite identity (there were Canaanites thousands of years BCE – Ed.) that is the root of Palestinian identity.”

Note: According to classical Islam, Jesus was not actually crucified. The people thought they had crucified him, but in fact Allah had lifted Jesus to heaven, and whoever/whatever the Jews crucified (according to some Islamic sources, it was not a human) was not actually Jesus.
Palestinian Arabs have been in “Palestine” for “thousands of years” 
Source: Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 26, 2013
Columnist for official PA daily Adel Abd Al-Rahman:
Headline: “Bethlehem spews out the Israeli lies”
     “One does not wish to get into a historical argument about historical places and sites in Palestine [which is] from the [Jordan] River to the [Mediterranean] Sea, in which every plot of land holds the Palestinian-Arab past, [ever] since the first Canaanite stepped on Palestinian soil thousands of years ago.”
Palestinians created culture in the land 6,500 years ago 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Nov. 16, 2013
PA TV program Palestine This Morning interviewed Activities Coordinator at the An-Najah National University’s Faculty of Humanities, Dr. Jaber Khdeir about the Museum of Folklore and Ancient Tools that was built under the university’s auspices.
     Dr. Jaber Khdeir: “The Israeli occupation is trying to steal this [Palestinian] heritage. Trying to steal the Palestinian land and the [identity of the] Palestinian man. And we tell everyone that the land of Palestine [is] the land where, first of all, human culture was born. In this way we tell the Israeli occupier: ‘You have no legacy in this land, you have no existence in this land. We, the Palestinians, built this land, built these cities. The Palestinian human being is a creator of industry, a creator of agriculture, a creator of cities, and creator of culture. The agriculture was created in Palestine. The first ten cities built in the world are in Palestine.’ That is why we say that it is the Palestinian human being who created this culture 6,500 years ago. These Jews have no existence on this Palestinian land. They were passers-by and they will continue to be passers-by.”
PA daily op-ed by Fatah official: “Canaanite-Palestinians” lived in Jerusalem for 5,000 years 
Source: Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Sept. 21, 2013
Opinion piece by Bakr Abu Bakr, member of Fatah Revolutionary Council (since 2009) and regular columnist for official PA daily:
     “There are many dimensions to the question of Jerusalem, just as there are many dimensions to the Palestinian issue…
Firstly: The historical time dimension of the city of Jerusalem is broad, since for 5,000 years Canaanite-Palestinians have been in this land that was ignored by invaders throughout history… Fifthly: …We still see only crumbs from the money to support Jerusalem’s resolve in the Arab, Islamic and world-wide dimension, while the Palestinians and Jerusalemites alone challenge, resist, and substantiate - by standing firm on their land in the face of the most horrendous kinds of persecution, - [the claim] that our “Al-Quds” (Arab name for Jerusalem) is not “Jerusalem,” and the Jerusalem of the Bible was never here, as has been proven by modern research and excavations.”
PA TV: “Arab Canaanites” settled the land in the Bronze Age 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Aug. 26, 2013
PA TV broadcast the film “Hebron; history and culture,” produced by the Hebron municipality:
     “History tells the story of the city of Ibrahim, the friend of Allah, in the early Bronze Age, when Arab Canaanites built their city ‘Arba’ in Tel Rumeida that was a stage for one of the earliest human life stories, and in it lived a number of nations and civilizations like the Amorites and Jebusites who had come from the Arabian peninsula, in addition to tribes from the Mediterranean Sea region.”
Official PA daily: Palestinians existed 3,000 years ago 
Source: Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 25, 2013
By Osama Al-Issa:
Headline: “Palestinians imported cinnamon bark 3,000 years ago”
     “There are many proofs that Palestine imported cinnamon 3,000 years ago, according to a new study on relations between ancient Palestine and other countries in the region and in the world. Researchers examined the contents of 27 jugs from five 3,000-year-old archaeological sites in Palestine and found that ten of the jugs contained the cinnamaldehyde compound that gives cinnamon its aroma. This indicates that cinnamon spice was stored in these jugs. The hypothesis is that Palestine imported cinnamon from the Far East, as Israeli researchers have noted in a new study, and clearly, Palestine was connected to a broad trade network with other countries of the region. For example, researchers have found black pepper, which originated in India, in the mummy of Ramses II, the Egyptian pharaoh who lived more than 3,200 years ago. At that time the Phoenicians, who settled on the Palestinian coasts, sailed the Mediterranean Sea.”
PA TV: An “Arab Canaanite” ruled Jerusalem 6,000 years ago 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Aug. 21, 2013
PA TV program Religion and the World interviewed Palestinian history scholar Muhammad Abu Saleh about the anniversary of the arson at the Al-Aqsa Mosque.
Abu Saleh: “The Jebusites, under Arab Canaanite Malkizedek’s rule, who came from the Arabian Peninsula approximately 6,000 years ago, was the first to establish the city as a walled city. Ibrahim, the friend of Allah, visited him, as is evidenced by what is told about Ibrahim (i.e., Abraham) in the year 1850 BC, when he came from the land of Uhr which is in Iraq, he came to Palestine, first – of course – to Haran and later to Palestine, and he lived in Jerusalem with Malkizedek…(see note below) As of now, the imaginary relics, that allow [them to] claim that there was a Temple at Al-Aqsa have not been found, and they (i.e., the people who claim there was a Temple) are in a quandary. Some say [the Temple] was on this site [Al-Aqsa], and some say [it was] at Ras Al-Amud, and some say near the Tower of David. And at all those sites, to this day, no traces of their Temple have ever been found."

Note: The article implies that the same Malkizedek who was to meet Ibrahim, had led the Jebusites to Jerusalem 2,000 years earlier. PMW has translated the Arabic as it appears, and has not corrected mistake(s) in content.
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Palestinian Ambassador claims Canaanites are ancestors of Palestinians  
Source: Al-Ayyam, Aug. 11, 2013
     “Dr. Ahmed Al- Mathbour, Palestine’s Ambassador to Bulgaria thanked the festival’s organizers for hosting the Palestinian group, and said that the group’s members belong to the third generation after the Nakba (i.e., “the catastrophe,” the Palestinian term for the establishment of the State of Israel) and adhere to their right, as do the rest of the Palestinian people, to return to their land. Likewise, he noted that the clothes that they wear are original Palestinian clothes, whose origins go back more than 5,000 years, to ‘our Canaanite ancestors.’”
From WAFA, official PA news agency
PA daily: Palestinians built Jerusalem aqueduct 2,000 years ago 
Source: Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 15, 2013
     “The Jabel Mukaber tunnel in the Roman aqueduct, which brought water from Solomon’s Pools to Jerusalem, is one of the most important tunnels of that aqueduct. It is considered a marvel of engineering, and is still of great interest 2,000 years after it was built. This is consistent with the fact that it was the national project of the Palestinians in its time.”

Note: The tunnel in question is usually called the “upper aqueduct” and was built in stages by Herod at the end of the first century B.C., then by Pontius Pilate during the first century A.D., and finally by the Tenth Roman Legion in the second century.
PA daily: “Canaanite Arabs were the first to settle and build Jerusalem” 
Source: Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, June 28, 2013
Headline: “The (Israeli Arab) Al-Aqsa Institute [for Islamic Trusts and Heritage] rejects these tales and emphasizes that the place is Islamic and Arab – The [Israeli] Antiquities Authority claims archaeological finds from the imaginary Temple have been discovered in the Al-Aqsa area”
     “In an announcement published yesterday [June 28, 2013] the [Israeli Arab] Al-Aqsa Institute for Islamic Trusts and Heritage rejected claims of an expert from the so-called ‘Israeli Antiquities Authority.’ [The expert] said that archaeological finds such as stones, jewelry and seals have been discovered in the area of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, and claimed that they are Hebrew ‘archaeological finds’ from what he falsely called the First and Second Temple periods.
The Institute warned against these lies and myths and said that they are figments of imagination. It stated that international and even Israeli archaeologists have proven through extensive, scientific and objective excavations and searches that there are no signs or remnants indicating the existence of a First or Second Temple in the area and surroundings of the Al-Aqsa Mosque or in the city of Jerusalem. It emphasized that the Canaanite Arabs were the first to settle and build Jerusalem. They named it Jebus and lived there uninterruptedly for thousands of years. [The Al-Aqsa Institute added that] the Islamic period in Jerusalem lasted for 14 centuries, and as to the Hebrews or ‘Jews’ – for years they lived there only as passersby.
The Al-Aqsa Institute noted that the Israeli occupation and its branches, specifically the ‘Antiquities Authority’ sponsor campaigns of manifestos, media campaigns and the dissemination of information about the existence of ‘archaeological finds’ throughout Jerusalem, specifically near the Al-Aqsa [Mosque]. This is a feverish attempt to invent an imaginary Hebrew hist
PA TV reporter makes false link between ancient Canaanites and the Arabic language 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, June 24, 2013
PA TV News reported on Tel Balata, an archaeological site near Nablus, that was recently opened to visitors.
     PA TV reporter, Rima Al-Amleh: “Faced with scientific archaeology, the lies and fabrications and false tales crumble, and only truth remains. The city of Nablus was renewed here and its language was Canaanite Arabic.”
Documentary on PA TV claims Arab history in Jerusalem dates back to 3,000 BC 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, June 5, 2013
PA TV live broadcast of the fourth Islamic Jerusalem Summit. Excerpt from a documentary film named ‘Jerusalem’ screened during the summit:
     “In the year three thousand B.C. the Arabs and the Jebusites (a Canaanite tribe) dwelt there and built a city and named it ‘City of Peace’. The first group to believe in one God was formed in this city, ruled by king Melchizedek who expanded the city and called it ‘Uhr Salem’ meaning, ‘City of Peace.’ Jerusalem has been given many names throughout history but despite the numerous names, it has preserved its Canaanite- Arab name.”
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